San Antonio’s First Lady talks about sexual harassment

Erika Prosper Nirengerg, San Antonio’s First Lady, has been in the corporate world a long time, so I was curious to hear her thoughts about this movement of women coming forward. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - I had the pleasure this week of sitting down with the First Lady of San Antonio, Erika Prosper Nirenberg, one of the most hard-working moms I've ever met. I picked her brain about all kinds of things: from her new role in the city to the sexual misconduct allegations rocking the nation right now.

Erika has been in the corporate world a long time, so I was curious to hear her thoughts about this movement of women coming forward.

“It is amazing to me. I think the power of women has never been undeniable,” said Erika Prosper Nirenberg, the First Lady of San Antonio.

She's a mom, the wife of our mayor, an executive at HEB, and now she’s chair-elect for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“I grew up in the 80s. So women were supposed to have it all. We were. Remember this one? You know, ‘You bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.’”

She's pretty much been working since she was five; from her family's onion fields to corporate America, where she's been for years. She understands what it takes for a woman to climb the ranks. Which is why this new movement of women demanding respect in the workplace isn't a huge surprise.

“I feel like we've always been fighting for respect. That we've always been pushing for it, but I think the first time that such giants out there -- have fallen.”

She says it's bringing to light an issue that has plagued women in the workplace for years. Only now, someone's listening.

“It probably is a validation to all those thousands of women that came before us - that said ‘no’ and were silenced or said ‘no’ and it went nowhere. So in many ways I think that you know what we're trying to do here is finally solidify the concept that respecting a woman is the way it should always be. Always.”

She says now more than ever the lines of communication are open. It's a great time to talk to our kids about the basic fundamentals of respecting people, no matter who they are.

“The Golden Rule is the Golden Rule for a reason. You treat someone like you would like someone else to treat you.”

You could say 2017 has been the year of the woman. In fact, Webster Dictionary's word of the year is ‘Feminism.’

Erika's response to that – Good! It should be the word of the year every year!

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